Three-bedroom traditional Cornish cottage, sleeping five plus baby
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Kittiwake Cottage is a traditional Cornish stone cottage a short level walk from Portreath’s harbour and safe, sandy, family beach. We've recently had a conservatory built across the front of the house to give you more room to relax in. Kittiwake's long (180 foot!) garden is full of ‘Cornish’ plants – gunnera, palm trees, euphorbia - and has three outdoor seating areas so you can follow the sun as it sets behind Western Hill. A large lockable shed provides ample space for wetsuits, surfboards and bikes. Directly along the back of the garden runs the historic Portreath mineral tramway, which linked the port with inland tin and copper mining areas in the early 19th Century and is now a beautiful coast-to-coast route for cyclists, riders and walkers. A private parking space is tucked in at the top of the garden, with additional unrestricted parking on Greenfield Terrace, at the front of the house. The cottage has central heating, wooden double-glazed windows and a wood burner in an inglenook fireplace in the lounge for cooler evenings and autumn and winter days.
Portreath is situated on Cornwall’s North Coast which is more rugged than the gentler South Coast. In both directions spectacular views can be had from high, rocky cliffs across the Atlantic Ocean. Many seabirds can be seen on ledges in the cliffs and in the air, skimming the surface of the sea in search of their next meal. Seals are resident all along the coast, with visiting dolphins often seen playing in groups of six or eight some way from the shore.
When family and friends visit us, our favourite trip is to Godrevy Head, where a group of seals can be seen on an inaccessible beach. There are sometimes as many as sixty of them. Take a pair of binoculars to get a better look and stand well back. It’s a long way down!
Between Godrevy and Portreath are many attractive coves, although some are inaccessible. Follow one of the tracks from the road down to the cliff edge and take your sandwiches (or a pasty from the Portreath Bakery), or walk from Portreath along the coastal path.
Godrevy has a lovely, sandy, family beach, with views around the bay to St. Ives. Try Gwithian too – a couple of miles further along the coast. Both were favourite destinations at weekends when I was young. If you have young children, look out for Sheep’s Pool at Gwithian – deep enough to be fun but small enough to be safe.
A few more miles take you to the Hayle Estuary, where as many as 18,000 birds have been seen taking refuge in cold winters. In spring and autumn you can see migrant wading birds, gulls and terns.
At the end of the ‘three miles of golden sand’ of St. Ives Bay you’ll find St. Ives itself (or – in Cornish – Porthya). It’s impossible to describe the charm and beauty of this amazing little town – just go and visit it yourselves! St. Ives is full of galleries and workshops and still attracts artists of all kinds because of the quality of the light. Visit Barbara Hepworth’s house or Tate St. Ives. The best way to St. Ives, especially in summer, is to park at Lelant Saltings and take the little train into the heart of the town. The views across the bay are quite breathtaking.
Heading ‘up country’ from Portreath you find a stunning selection of beaches and coves. First comes Porthtowan – amazing surfing and safe swimming. Chapel Porth is tucked away but well worth a visit. Walk to the edge of the sea when the tide is out and you’ll be able to see for miles in both directions. In winter this is the place to come to experience the true fury of the Atlantic Ocean. If you're feeling a bit more energetic, walk the mile and a half back to Porthtowan along the cliffs - a nice level walk once you've puffed up the first incline and good coffee!
Trevaunance Cove comes next. Like Chapel Porth it's calm and welcoming in the summer, spectacular in the winter. Parking can be tricky, though. Inland is the pretty village of St. Agnes, with its cafes, craft shops and museum – and a free car park (at the time of writing)!
Of course, Cornwall is more than its coastline. Truro has shops, galleries, the County Museum and an imposing cathedral. It also has the largest theatre in Cornwall – the Hall for Cornwall - with an impressive programme of concerts, plays and musicals.
Everyone who comes to Cornwall wants to visit the Eden Project (which is amazing). If you have the time and the energy, try to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan as well. The gardens were discovered and recovered by Tim Smit, creator of Eden and have an amazing history.
Closer to Portreath is Redruth, centre of Cornwall’s mining history and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 2006. Visit the Cornwall Centre and spend time looking through the archives and viewing the fifty-eight Tregella tapestry panels, which depict the story of Cornwall in modern embroideries. Redruth is surrounded by old stacks and engine houses from its industrial past and a number of walks and cycle trails have been created in recent years.
If you'd like a trip further afield, think about a day trip to the Isles of Scillies. We spend a few days there at least twice a year and the islands are just magical. Go by sea on the Scillonian or fly direct to the Islands.
On a really sunny day, though, walk the few hundred yards down to the beach at Portreath and sit against the harbour wall and relax. It really is the best place in the world.
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About the Owner
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Guestbook comments from the owner
We really appreciated the 'welcome pack' - the delicious scones, jam and cream. also having arrived latish it was great to have bread, milk etc. Also the beds being made up. All goes towards an instant sense of unwind and relax! Location is great and, being a typical Cornish cosy cottage it's so homely. Everything is clean and lovely. Love the conservatory too. People are so friendly here. Had a good meal at Portreath Arms, at Gwel an Mor and at Trevaskis Farm (lovely Sunday roasts and puds), also at Basset Arms. Thank you!
4.9 based on 30 holidaymaker reviews
Clean & very well equipped cottage
What a lovely cottage! Perfect location for the Coast to Coast trail and for Coastal Walks - the owners were very welcoming & everything was beautifully clean.
Perfect cottage, perfect location
Portreath is a good size with places to eat and drink and its location means places like St Ives or the Eden Project are easy to get to. The beach is lovely - over to the west are small caves and rock pools. The cottage is exactly what everyone else says; welcoming, cosy and well stocked with books, games and food. The sunlight shining in on a sunny day was so bright I kept checking that we hadn't left a light on in some of the rooms. The Street is quiet but your neighbours say hello when they see you. We would totally recommend the place to everyone.
thank you for a lovely stay
Don't usually write reviews but this cottage is exceptional - quite simply the most superior holiday let. It has everything you could possibly need, of the highest quality too, and it's the thoughtful details that are so appreciated - like good lighting in every room, a fire ready to light, a lovely porch which warms up the whole house in the morning.
We cooked in the very well-equipped kitchen using courgettes, beans, tomatoes, salad from the garden - and other groceries provided in cupboards and fridge (fresh bread and scones, jam and cream too!. Thank you Pat and Gareth for a lovely stay. I will recommend Kittiwake cottage as the best holiday home-from-home in a beautiful part of Cornwall.
The location was ideal - walks along the cliff in both directions and along the tramway at the back of the garden. It's a long way from Scotland, but hoping to return soon!
Better than excellent!
Very clean, excellent property owner making sure our stay would be the best. Well equipped and had everything we as a family of five needed. We will recommend it to friends. Great location in Portreath and Portreath is in a great location for much of Cornwall. We don't normally return to properties as we like moving around the country but we are debating about coming back to Kittiwake as loved it so much.
A lovely cottage in a fantastic location! :)
We had a fantastic stay at Kittiwake Cottage. The garden is beautiful and it is a perfect place for a BBQ. The wide range of DVD's, games and books provided us with many entertaining evenings and the location is perfect. We are looking forward to returning to this beautiful, quiet and peaceful place next year.
lovely cottage in great location
Property was clean and well maintained,. We really enjoyed the welcome pack. It was great to be able to walk to the beach and also have good walks nearby.
From the Owner
“Portreath was my childhood beach and I really can't imagine a better place. All our family visit the cottage from time to time and love it. For us it represents an escape from the stresses of everyday life. Have a look at our reviews!”
Activity and Interests
Portreath is a small coastal village which welcomes visitors warmly but also has its own community spirit. Its pubs and restaurants offer plenty of choice minutes from Kittiwake Cottage. Everyday needs are supplied by the supermarket/post office and a bakery.
The village is situated about half way between well-known Cornish resorts Newquay and St. Ives and within a short drive of the beautiful Atlantic coast beaches in either direction – Porthtowan, St. Agnes, Perranporth and Godrevy, Gwithian, Hayle and Carbis Bay. Clifftop walks provide spectacular views in all seasons and a glimpse of Cornwall’s fascinating flora and fauna.
The cove itself encloses a safe, sandy beach for swimmers and surfers, with life-guard cover during the season and stretches of low rocks, with a myriad of rock pools, populated by mini-communities of sea creatures and plants.
Truro and Falmouth are just fourteen miles away. The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Michael’s Mount, Padstow an
Other Activities: Wildlife, photography, cycle paths and hire, cliff-top walks, parachute surfing, BMX track, bouncy castles
Golf: Tehidy Park Golf Club (TR14 0HH) is about a mile out of Portreath. 01209 842208 Ext 5
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
* A non-returnable deposit of 25% of the total price is required to secure a property. The balance is due 10 weeks before arrival. Please contact the owner to find out about payment methods.
* For bookings within 10 weeks or arrival, payment must be made in full.
* Short breaks (min. 3 nights) are accepted at the times stated.
* Kittiwake Cottage is non-smoking and pets are not allowed.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Our lovely (if somewhat wild) long garden. Pick your own vegetables if you come at the right time. A few hundred (level) yards to the beach. Good local pubs and restaurants. Lovely neighbours.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Activities Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking ...
- Parking Off Street ...
- Parking On Street
- Telephone ...
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- Books for Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Table Football
- Game Room
- Games ...
- Games for Kids
- Music Library
- Television ...
- Toys ...
- Video Library
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible ...
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- water tubing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- The bathroom in Kittiwake Cottage - which is upstairs - has a bath and modern, wide-head shower. There is also a 'garden WC' at the back of the cottage..
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Cot available on request
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Cot available on request
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
- Personal towels, tea towels and bed linen included in the cost. Comfortable duvets and pillows.
- Terrace ...
- Garden ...
- Wood Decking
- 10 garden chairs
- Kittiwake is well-equipped with superfast-broadband and phone (24/7 free landline national calls), washing machine, dryer, oven, gas hob, extractor fan, fridge, freezer etc. and there is a large selection of books, DVDs, CDs, games and toys. The cottage has three good-sized bedrooms, a comfortable, beamed lounge with leather sofas, a TV and DVD/CD player, a large kitchen with farmhouse pine table and chairs. Modern, wooden double glazing, central heating and a wood-burner keep the cottage snug in Winter. There are no steps to the front or the back doors, but the stairs to the bedrooms are steep with restricted headroom. Please mind your head! Your welcome pack includes a Cornish cream tea, wine, bread, juice, milk, butter, tea bags and coffee. There is a large shed for bikes, boards and wetsuits with table football/mini snooker and a box of outdoor toys.